- Title: PAKISTAN: BAN ON FIREWORKS IMPOSED AFTER ACCIDENT
- Date: 31st May 1997
- Summary: KARACHI, PAKISTAN (MAY 31, 1997) (RTV) 1. TS BLAST SITE 0.04 2. TS POLICEMEN AT BLAST SITE HELPING TO CLEAR RUBBLE AND INVESTIGATE SITE 0.07 3. SLV DEBRIS AND DAMAGED CAUSED BY BLAST/POLICE AND RESCUE WORKERS (6 SHOTS) 0.32 4. SLV POLICE REMOVING RUBBLE (2 SHOTS) 0.43 5. TS RESCUE WORKERS OUTSIDE DAMAGED HOUSES 0.49 6. SLV BODY BEING TAKEN OUT OF COLLAPSED HOUSE 0.56 7. SLV AMBULANCE LEAVING FOR HOSPITAL 1.02 8. SCU WITNESS SAYING, "THERE WAS A BIG THUD AND THE HOUSE COLLAPSED. THERE WAS SMOKE ALL AROUND. PEOPLE RAN HELTER-SKELTER" (URDU) 1.14 9. SLV SIGN OUTSIDE HOSPITAL ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY 1.17 10. SCU WOUNDED PEOPLE IN HOSPITAL (4 SHOTS) 1.32 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 15th June 1997 13:00
- Location: KARACHI, PAKISTAN
- Country: Pakistan ASIA
- Reuters ID: LVA82I2FODX78TFHWITS9AWEUC7H
- Story Text: - INTRO: The government of Pakistan's Sindh province have banned fireworks a day after a store of firecrackers blew up, killing two people, wounding 19 and damaging six houses in the southern port city of Karachi.
The two-month ban on fireworks and the storage of explosive materials was imposed on Sunday (June 1). Deputy Inspector General of Police Malik Iqbal confirmed that the blast had been caused by exploding firecrackers, not by a bomb as earlier thought.
He told a news conference that firecrackers weighing a total of 40 kg (88 pounds) had blown up on Saturday (May 31). Another 43,344 Indian-made firecrackers, weighing 75 kg (165 pounds), had been recovered from a nearby house.
Iqbal said police were looking for the owner, identified only as Rajan, of the house where the explosion took place.
Police said the bodies of two men, one of whom had been decapitated, had been recovered from the debris of the collapsed house near Liaquat Market in the city's District East.
"Twenty injured were brought to the hospital, of them two were brought dead", said a doctor. An ambulance worker said the wounded included one child, three women and four men.
"There was a big thud and the house collapsed. There was smoke all around. People ran helter-skelter", said onewitness.
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